The 1998 awards speak well for open-source software:
The award for Internet/intranet tools goes to Netscape Communicator 4.5.
Finally, open standard XML gets the award for
Technology changing the way we look at the Web.
“… open-source software and Linux have graduated from being a
buzzing gnat to true thorns in Microsoft’s side…. Linux, showed
it wasn’t just for college kids, as the International Data Corp.
reported that in 1998 Linux server shipments rose more than 200
percent from 1997.”